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Syria: Islamic State suicide attacks in Sweida July 25 kill at least 252 people /update 2

Islamic State (IS) claims responsibility for series of suicide attacks in Sweida July 25; at least 252 people killed

26 juill. 21h03 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 25/7/2018, 12h00 until 27/7/2018, 11h59 (Asia/Damascus). COUNTRY/REGION Syria-Jordan border
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Event

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for a series of suicide attacks in Sweida (As-Sweida province) on Wednesday, July 25, that killed at least 252 people, including 139 civilians, and wounded at least 150 others, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Shortly after the attacks, Syrian government forces launched airstrikes on suspected militant positions. According to SOHR, at least 63 militants were killed in airstrikes and other fighting on Wednesday.

Context

Syria remains enmeshed in a complex civil war that started between the Assad government and opposition forces in March 2011. Today, the conflict in Syria involves many parties, including the Syrian, Russian, Iranian, and Turkish governments, a US-led coalition, and numerous armed groups (including the Islamic State) with competing goals.

Advice

Due to extremely poor security conditions, Western governments generally advise against all travel to Syria, with some banning travel to the country. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to any travel to Syria.

 

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